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Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Woman in the wilderness, July, 1993.


Published July 27, 1993


A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on utopian communities in America, including a 17th century community of mystics founded by Johannes Kelpius and known as The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness. Wilson divides communities into two types: platonic (based on an authoritarian, usually Christian, ideology) and anti-platonic (based on autonomy and equality). He evaluates communities according to how they perceive nature and wilderness, putting his discussion in the context of the differences in outlook between the indigenous peoples of America and the European colonists, and focusing on those colonists who joined Indian communities or incorporated native ideas and customs into their way of life. Wilson concludes by playing some hymns by Johannes Kelpius.


Run time 1:34:28
Label / Recorded by Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

Reviews

Reviewer: Blank - - March 4, 2005
Subject: Underground Histories
An enlightening romp through underground movements and thought in American history. Interesting hymns performed around 1:29 (1st written music in North America??)

Books Mentioned:
Writer and the Shaman: Elemeire Zolla
Regeneration through Violence: Slotkin
Revels in New Canaan: Morton
Rosicrucian Enlightenment: Francis Yates
Backwood Utopias: Bestor, Arthur
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